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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
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Saturday, 20 April 2013

THE MAN ON THE HILL. (20/04/13)

First , I apologise for not replying to blog comments…..my dongle doesn’t work….and the WI-FI here is fine when it works which in my limited experience of it is for about an hour a day. I know it is free but half internet access is somehow worse than no access at all.

This morning was bitter cold. Half a gale blowing from the north, cloudy and dark but no rain, sleet or snow._V0G6154  This is the Tibbie Shiels Inn. It is named after Tibbie Shiels who died a hundred and odd years ago. She was host to Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle. Having read Carlyle it must have been a bundle of laughs back then. Things have improved. It’s fine now, a bit sheepy but even sheep are a breath of fresh air compared to Carlyle. There is no mention of Robert Burns, Robert the Bruce or Alex Salmond. How they missed the place when I have found it I can’t imagine. Bonnie Prince Charlie must have been here but he was probably doing his drag act and was overlooked.

_V0G6178 The view from the van and the man on the hill.

_V0G6162A closer view. Same lens, I walked.

_V0G6156       And walked closer. This is the Ettrick Shepherd……James Hogg…he did bloody awful poetry from what I have seen of it…..He was a friend of Walter Scott's…….That was no surprise to me either.

_V0G6163        This is a disaster…..worse than earthquakes…Tsunamis…..The Boston bombings. I can’t get to Moffat nor can I get to the Grey mares Tail which is a big waterfall. Every cloud has a silver lining. At the bar I only had to listen to five minutes of debate about sheep and lambs, then it was back to rain and landslips. I am a bit disappointed this disaster never made the national news when a sprinkle of snow at Heathrow or Katie Kambridge forgetting to take precautions does.

I still have three bars showing so will stop whilst the going is good and try and post this drivel.

Have fun.

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    1. It is stunning when the rain stops Michelle

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  2. "my dongle doesn’t work". I wouldn't be advertising that fact if it was me. I keep getting spam about alprostadil - would you like me to forward it??

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    1. Keep the spam John. As I wrote about the dongle I knew there would be at least one comment.
      Ladies enjoy a challenge....perhaps I should pop a sign up.

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    2. Ohh Well! Not all my brain waves are good ones.

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  3. You're in a very pleasant area. And the history with poets ? Bonus! Even if it's not your choice of poets.

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    1. Red, it is wonderful here. I go to Edinburgh on Monday for a few days. I don't like cities but feel i ought to take some pictures there.

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  4. i haven't read any of them. If you get to Bronte` or Elliot or Austin or even Harriot country, I'll have more to say.

    Oh, I've read Browning, too.


    Nice green countryside. We are finally getting some green here, too.

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    1. JoLynne the colours here are always beautiful.

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  5. The best poet that tantalized the world, good for him, ha ha. I am sorry for your dongle, poor thing and you want to go to Moffat. Great pictures anyway.

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    1. Bob, the dongle is just not getting a signal here. It will be an ongoing problem. There are areas without a TV or Radio signal. WI-FI will be hit and miss.
      The scenery makes up for it and the natives are not revolting at the moment.

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  6. I know what you mean Adrian. I also haven't been able to make much comments. Hey, I just realized I posted statues. just like you did here.

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  7. Road washed away AND poor internet connection... Sounds like a Night Mare to me (not just a Grey Mare's tail)

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  8. It's what happens when one crosses a border Monica. I love it here.

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  9. Sounds like a 20 mile cul-de-sac to me ... not good but then again if you planned for the waterfall which you probably did making the effort along that road, it's disappointing.
    Unusual location for the statue ... someone obviously appreciated him even if he was a poet groupie !!

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    1. Twenty five Jay. No It is a natural disaster, I'm okay or cool with it. I have seen it before. Can take the camera again.
      He was highly thought of. One thousand four hundred and twenty one folk fronted up for the statue unveiling....Bet Thatcher would have been happy with such a turnout.

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